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Our Instructors

Aikido instructorAndré de Mendonça: Black Belt in Aikido and a Self Defence Instructor. 

I took up martial arts mainly swiss replica watches because my wife and I had wanted some measure of discipline and purpose for our daughter so we took her to some Aikido classes at a nearby Leisure Centre.  I was drawn onto the mat and was soon hooked.  I swiftly went up the grades and before I knew it I was staring at the final, huge hurdle to Black Belt.  In the intervening period I had taken a separate course in Self Defence and undergone a coaching course with the British Aikido Board, the National Association for the art. A First Aid course was replica watches uk a natural consequence and then an enhanced CRB check as I was teaching children within the club.

My first classes outside the club were in girls schools in Surrey and, I can assure you, that there is nothing out there on the streets that can induce more fear than facing a gaggle of Year 10 and 11s.

Having moved to Exeter I now deliver courses for both staff and students at the University and am also an Associate Lecturer at Exeter College.

Hannah Bridger:
Black Belt in Aikido and a qualified Self Defence instructor. Hannah teaches in Surrey but will instruct from time to time in Devon.

I took up martial arts at high school where I did self-defence lessons once a week during my lunch time. I loved it but I knew that I wanted to learn a bit more so I went down to my local Aikido group and soon became addicted.
Whilst learning Aikido I was given replica watches the opportunity to do an self-defence instructors course which I completed and passed on my 18th birthday. I passed my Aikido Senior Black-Belt and took a First Aid course which enabled me to swiss replica watches teach. I have taught in a school in Epsom and assisted at another in Merton as well as my home dojo in Ewell.